Tribune Publishing (TPCO) versus A. H. Belo (AHC) Head to Head Comparison

Tribune Publishing (NASDAQ:TPCO) and A. H. Belo (NYSE:AHC) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Tribune Publishing has a beta of 1.69, meaning that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, A. H. Belo has a beta of 0.2, meaning that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.9% of Tribune Publishing shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.7% of A. H. Belo shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Tribune Publishing shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of A. H. Belo shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


A. H. Belo pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. Tribune Publishing does not pay a dividend.


This table compares Tribune Publishing and A. H. Belo’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tribune Publishing 18.92% 6.90% 2.11%
A. H. Belo 3.38% -2.33% -1.40%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Tribune Publishing and A. H. Belo, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tribune Publishing 0 0 0 0 N/A
A. H. Belo 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Tribune Publishing and A. H. Belo’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tribune Publishing $1.52 billion 0.33 $5.53 million $1.08 13.10
A. H. Belo $248.63 million 0.40 $10.16 million N/A N/A

A. H. Belo has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Tribune Publishing.

Tribune Publishing Company Profile

Tribune Publishing Company, a media company, publishes newspapers worldwide. The company operates in two segments, troncM and troncX. It publishes daily newspapers; weekly newspapers; and digital platforms, such as Websites and mobile applications. The company also provides various digital marketing services, which include the development of mobile Websites, search engine marketing and optimization, social media account management, and content marketing for its customers' Web presence for small to medium size businesses. In addition, it offers TCA, a syndication and licensing business that provides daily news service and syndicated premium content to 1,700 media and digital information publishers; and, a national consumer-to-consumer focused real estate Website. The company was formerly known as tronc, Inc. and changed its name to Tribune Publishing Company in October 2018. Tribune Publishing Company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

A. H. Belo Company Profile

A.H. Belo Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a local news and information publishing company primarily in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Publishing and Marketing Services. The Publishing segment publishes The Dallas Morning News, a newspaper; Briefing newspaper; and Al Dia, a Spanish-language newspaper, as well as operates related Websites and applications. It also provides commercial printing, distribution, and direct mail services; event activation and promotion services; and automotive classifieds on the platform. The Marketing Services Segment offers digital marketing services, such as multi-channel marketing solutions through subscription sales of its cloud-based software; marketing analytics, search engine marketing, and other marketing related services; social media account management and content marketing services; and multi-channel advertising campaigns management services, as well as promotional products for businesses. A.H. Belo Corporation was founded in 1842 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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